Fall TV Update

There are some spoilers so don’t read if you don’t want to ruin a surprise!

Warning!  Warning!  There are a few new fall shows that will suck the life out of you!

Life is short.  And watching bad tv even if it’s only 30 minutes long is wasting precious time.  I’m here to help a little.  If you look back at this post, there was a list of shows I was testing out.  Let me share what has changed in the past two weeks…

Revolution (NBC):

This was almost instantly cut from my viewing list.  If it wasn’t for my husband, I would have never seen it again.  The acting is remedial.  The main supposed Katniss-like character is a whiny girl who keeps screwing up.  She’s very annoying.  Then, the writers throw in some grotesque violence.  Some things are best left to the imagination but this show doesn’t believe in that method.  I think the only reason my husband tunes in is to complain about how bad the show is.  So if you need to waste some time to make fun of a fictional show, then watch it.  Otherwise, leave your late Monday nights open.

Ben and Kate (FOX):

I’m still keeping this show.  It is funny and endearing.  Plus, the characters are well-developed.  You can’t help but love the main characters and the other characters are interesting too.  Definitely a feel-good type of show!

Go On (NBC):

Keeping this one for sure!  Each show has been great at balancing the comedy and drama-esque situation.  Tons of quirky characters and it’s entertaining to laugh at them.  Ryan, Matthew Perry’s character, is sarcastic which fits me very well.  😉    Great acting and stories.

The Mindy Project (FOX):

Mindy is great to watch.  She’s easy to love and goes about solving her problems the wrong way but in comedic fashion.  The writing is fantastic and the actors are up for the job to produce some funny characters.  Add to your list!

Guys with Kids (NBC):

I really wanted this show to work out but…  it hasn’t been able to live up to my expectations. The jokes and situations could be funny but the delivery is seriously lacking.  It’s like all the actors were told to put in lots of unnatural pauses at the end of a joke to allow for laughing.  I guess the lack of chemistry between the actors is to blame.  It’s just off and it’s off my list.

The Neighbors (ABC):

This show has surprised me in a good way!  I have a gnawing feeling that it will become one of the shows I like that gets cancelled but I think you should give it a chance.  If you find the supernatural entertaining, then tune in!  It has great situational comedy and it’s fun to learn more about the alien neighbors.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS):

There’s a good reason why this show is on it’s 6th season.  If you haven’t ever watched it, then you must give it a try.  Unless you hate comedy.

Up All Night (NBC):

I was shocked that the writer’s cancelled the Ava show for the second season.  On top of that, they introduced a new significant character- Reagan’s brother, Scott.  Plus, Raegan and Chris switched parental roles.  Reagan is staying home while Chris works.  I think that changing the whole dynamics should have been saved for a third season but in spite of my opinion, the writing and acting is spot on so I can’t complain… much.  😉

Grimm (NBC):

Grimm has also gone through a mini-makeover of sorts and I’m disappointed.  Last year Grimm was more of a twist on classic fairy tales with more emphasis on the characters’ developing relationships.  This year it has been downgraded to more of a super violent, dark tale with snippets of character building.  Just watch the new opening credits and you will instantly understand the take they’re going with the show.  I will give it another episode or two just because I love Monroe’s character and if Grimm gives more time back to the characters, then I’ll continue to watch.

Made in Jersey (CBS):

This show is okay but not great.  It is an hour long show and parts of it are entertaining and parts of it are too contrived to be believable.  I don’t think I’m going to watch it on a regular basis but it’s pleasant enough to tune in if you have nothing to do on a Friday night.

Once Upon a Time (ABC):

Another show that’s gone topsy-turvy!  With this show it works, since breaking the spell was the mission of the first season.  The story telling is still great this time and we’re taken on a journey with the characters as they figure out their new world.  Good fantasy!

So what shows are you tuning out?

Network TV’s Finest

Ahhhh, nothing says Fall better than sipping a cup of warm cider while lounging on the couch feeling the cool breeze from the open windows and watching the newest crop of network tv!  At the start of each season, I go through each network’s list of new shows to pick my Fall TV Viewing Schedule.  It seems my Schedule is very full at the beginning and quickly diminishes to a few survivors.  This is what’s on my Schedule for this year.

Revolution (NBC):

I loved the Hunger Games trilogy and a young girl in a post-apocalyptic world wielding  bow and arrows seems like execs are trying to reach out to me.  I’m game!  We’ll see if it can feed my Katniss addiction.

Ben and Kate (FOX):

Who loves quirky???  I do!  I do!  Give me a quirky character that’s easy to love and I’m smitten.  Ben seems to fit the quirky bit and alongside him is his sister trying to live life as a single mom to an adorable smart girl.

Go On (NBC):

And speaking of quirky…  I like crazies too.  So a whole show promised with lots of crazies is sure to entertain.  Plus, Matthew Perry?  I’ll watch it!

The Mindy Project (FOX):

I’m not interested in medical dramas but a comedy?  I can get into that, especially when it involves a good mix of characters.  Mindy seems intelligent but socially awkward and that can make for some good tv.

Guys with Kids (NBC):

Um, Jimmy Fallon writes this so it’s got to be funny.  Plus, I’m sure it will be full of humorous familial situations.  I always appreciate that as can be seen by another tv pick!

The Neighbors (ABC):

I do like some science fiction/fantasy themes so The Neighbors got on my list!  I am looking forward to see what these aliens are like.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS):

Geeky meets funny meets quirky and crazy.  This is one of my return favorites!  I love the sarcasm and the smartypants antics.  It even has a dragged out quest for love.  I won’t miss it!

Up All Night (NBC):

Another return from last season!  This show has proven itself a great source of funniness and I’m excited to see what else they’ll bring for this run.

Grimm (NBC):

This is my guilty pleasure from last season.  I’m a sucker for fantasy and Grimm helps fulfill my need of mystical creatures.  It also has one of my favorite characters, Monroe!

Made in Jersey (CBS):

A street smart woman finding her way in a big city lawyer firm.  She’s not a black pantsuit type of gal and she’s not afraid to speak up.  I think I’ll enjoy watching it!

Once Upon a Time (ABC):

Yep, another fantasy.  🙂  It’s back this season and though it’s even a little too cheesy for me at times, the acting is good enough to make the characters and story line compelling.  And that Regina is easy to hate!

Now I know a lot of these shows already premiered this past week, but I’m good at missing them.  If I’m ever watching tv while my children are awake, it’s usually Wild Kratts or Thomas & Friends.  Or my hubby is watching something boring to fall asleep to and I just cannot interrupt that.  Hulu is my best friend during these times.  So what is on your Fall TV Viewing Schedule?